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Three from North Muskegon score 2023 first-team all-state honors in girls tennis

Norse’s Marilyn Gaston in singles and the doubles tandem of Ella Tarrant and Anna Toebe get the first-team nod.

North Muskegon’s girls tennis program enjoyed another successful season in the spring of 2023 from team and individual standpoints.

Regarding the latter, the Norse landed four players on Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association all-state teams. In total, four girls tennis players from the West Michigan Conference — technically, the Coastal Conference in tennis — earned all-state accolades.

In Division 4, North Muskegon junior Marilyn Gaston got the first-team all-state nod in singles, while the tandem of Norse seniors Ella Tarrant and Anna Toebe received first-team distinction in doubles. North Muskegon junior Fia Lindsay was all-state honorable mention in singles.

In Division 3, Ludington junior Hannah Glanville got all-state honorable mention in singles.

North Muskegon’s girls tennis team poses for a group photo after qualifying for the Division 4 state finals by totaling 19 points in a regional hosted by Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Saturday, May 20, 2023. (Courtesy of Jen Sanocki)

Gaston held down the No. 1 singles position for North Muskegon, which finished 11th at the Division 4 state finals and second in both the Coastal Conference and Greater Muskegon Athletic Association tournament. She posted a 15-14 record this season.

Gaston won the Coastal Conference championship. At the state finals, she won two matches before falling in the quarterfinals to the eventual state champion from Ann Arbor Greenhills. Gaston was a CatchMark SportsNet WMC Player of the Year finalist. Two years ago, she teamed with Greta Goszkowicz to win a state title at No. 4 doubles.

Tarrant and Toebe, North Muskegon’s No. 1 doubles team, finished with an 18-8 record this season. They won flight championships at Coastal Conference and Traverse City St. Francis tournaments. They were runners-up at the GMAA tourney.

Tarrant and Toebe also earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-area recognition. At the state finals, they advanced to the quarterfinal round.

North Muskegon junior Fia Lindsay was recognized as winner of the CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Player of the Year award for 2023 girls tennis during a banquet Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the Viking Athletic Center in Whitehall, Mich. (Amy Yonkman | CatchMark)

Lindsay played No. 2 singles for North Muskegon this season, which was capped by her being voted the CatchMark SportsNet WMC Player of the Year. She finished with an impressive 25-4 record. She was seeded fourth at the state finals and held that seed, advancing to the semifinals before falling to the eventual state champ from Greenhills. Lindsay won Coastal Conference, GMAA and regional titles.

Glanville played No. 1 singles for Ludington, which captured the Coastal Conference championship and finished second in the regional. The Orioles placed 12th at the Division 3 state finals. Glanville finished with a 20-6 record. She was runner-up in Coastal Conference and regional tourneys. Glanville was in the round of 16 at the state finals for the Orioles, who were the northern-most team competing in the Division 3 finals.

Ludington’s girls tennis team poses for a group photo after winning the Coastal Conference championship Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtesy of Ludington girls tennis)

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